California: Bill Allows Universities To Consider Race During Admissions

The Associated Students of the University of California are the elected representatives of the UC Berkeley student body.  They unanimously passed a bill which authorizes the University of California and California State University to consider race, gender and ethnicity in undergraduate admission decisions and is currently awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.  California Proposition 209 states, “the state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”

Technically, this is unconstitutional. However, the passing of this bill could result in the repeal of California Proposition 209.  Students complained that Proposition 209 reduced the number of minority students to be admitted. Would the repealing of Proposition 209 increase or decrease diversity?

According to Salih Muhammad, the president of the Black Student Union, the UC Berkeley campus has seen a dramatic decrease in the people of color since proposition 209 was passed.


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